Hey, it's a free outer space, I get that, but I can't help but think America should be the first to bring the garbage that is soda to the moon's surface. I mean, that's just the kind of thing we should have already completed, don't you think?
Unfortunately for America, Japan is already beating us to it. Japanese soda maker Otsuka is launching a 1 kilogram titanium can filled with the powdered sports drink Pocari Sweat to the moon's surface in October 2015. Not only will the can contain the powder, but also the wishes of children from across Asia sent to the company, etched on silver disks. I kind of wish I was kidding. Otsuka says it hopes that the stunt will inspire young adults to become astronauts, travel to the moon, and consume the powder inside (after adding water of course).
I had some weird hopes as a kid, but travelling to the moon so I could drink a powder wouldn't have crossed my mind. Becoming ALF's best friend? Absolutely. Here's a diagram of this calorie-induced insanity.
The kicker is Pittsburgh's Astrobotic Technology is helping with Otsuka's mission because Otsuka will help them fund a separate trip to the moon where GOOGLE is giving a $20 million dollar prize to the first company to land a device on the moon that can both travel 500 meters on the surface AND transmit high-definition pictures back to Earth. Unfortunately for us (and the moon), that first picture looks to be a Pocar Sweat can.
The two pieces of irony in all of this is Astrobotic is a company that develops technologies for clearing space trash. And the second is that we brought up another powdered drink in the '60's called Tang. Unfortunately, we didn't think it'd be cool to leave our garbage up there as some sort of hope for children, so strike 1 for America.
What do you guys think? Should America strive to be the first to leave maybe a Mountain Dew can on the moon's surface? But then again if soda is what they think will motivate kids to become astronauts, I don't think we really want THOSE types of kids to become astronauts in the first place.